By Stephen G. Craft

On may well 23, 1957, US military Sergeant Robert Reynolds was once acquitted of murdering chinese language officer Liu Ziran in Taiwan. Reynolds didn't deny capturing Liu yet claimed self-defense and, like every individuals folks army information and advisory teams, was once secure less than diplomatic immunity. Reynolds's acquittal sparked a chain of riots throughout Taiwan that grew to become a global situation for the Eisenhower management and raised critical questions about the felony prestige folks army forces situated round the world.

In American Justice in Taiwan, writer Stephen G. Craft offers the 1st accomplished examine of the factors and outcomes of the Reynolds trial and the resultant protests. After greater than a century of what they perceived as unfair treaties imposed by way of Western international locations, the Taiwanese appeared the designated criminal prestige of resident American body of workers with severe mistrust. whereas Eisenhower and his advisers thought of Taiwan to be an essential best friend opposed to chinese language communism, the USA believed that the Taiwanese executive had instigated the unrest in an effort to protest the decision and insist criminal jurisdiction over GIs. Regardless, the occasions that transpired in 1957 uncovered the large trouble of using the US's Uniform Code of army Justice (UCMJ) throughout cultures.

Employing meticulous study from either Western and chinese language data, Craft demonstrates that the riots have been purely anti-American in that the Taiwanese rejected the UCMJ, the affording of diplomatic immunity to occupying US forces, and the army courts' interpretation of self-defense. His compelling examine offers a brand new lens wherein to check US--Taiwan family members within the Fifties, US coverage in Asia, and the exceedingly charged and complicated query of the felony prestige folks troops on overseas soil.

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